JOHN HAYS: Backsider: LP

Jan 31, 2018

Guy with acoustic guitar. Beautiful, nearly all-black packaging, bright orange vinyl. Clearly a labor of love. There was a crusty old poet dude named Dan Nielsen who put out a few tapes in the ‘90s, just acoustic stuff he recorded in his garage. This reminds me a bit of that, though Backsider is clearly more earnest. But it’s rife with those AABB rhyme schemes, kinda flat vocals, and simple structures that harkens back to those old tapes. Didn’t quite hit the mark for me, but the visual presentation was awesome. –Keith Rosson (Starcleaner)